EASTER MESSAGE 2017
by Alison Teed
Before I do one more thing on this Easter Monday, I must respond to all the Facebook posts I have read over the weekend! What a joy! (Nearing the end of an extended fast and Facebook was on my FAST list another 5 days), but I thought “It’s Easter, Lord, and I would like to see what all my friends on Facebook are doing.”
I experienced such a sense of joy as I read post after post from lives who personally know Jesus and expressed good wishes to their Facebook friends and to the world, giving Him thanks and praise. I continue today to feel an overwhelming joy from reading through these posts.
I cannot even imagine going back to the life I once lived before I received Jesus into my life (at age 32)! He has more than come through with His promise to give me life and that more abundantly (John 10:10)!!! Thank You my dear Lord and Savior! He says “Look I stand at your door and knock. If you invite me in I will come in and have fellowship and friendship with you and you also with Me (Rev 3:20).”
Jesus visited me that Easter season in a public library as I read a book my mother sent to me. My response to what I read was sincere, “If you are really there, show me.” I was immediately enveloped in an indescribable presence and sat motionless for some time, afraid whatever that amazing presence was would leave me if I moved!
People shuffled about all around me, browsing magazines and selecting books while I sat in that chair, experiencing the most amazing visitation from God. I carefully rose from the chair and left the library, headed to the nearest book store and bought the biggest King James Bible I could find. For 4 years I couldn’t put it down, but kept reading it over and over. Revelation after revelation poured into my broken soul and gave life to my newly born spirit as Jesus revealed Himself to me in all His glory. The Bible completely fell apart after 4 years and has since been lost. However, yesterday I took from my shelf 2 tattered and disassembled, giant King James Bibles to discover they came immediately in succession after the first one I read to shreds. Both of these Bibles are in the same condition as the first one that so gloriously established my relationship and love for my Savior! Thank You, Lord Jesus. Thank You, Father that you loved us so much to send us Your only begotten Son, that through Jesus the WORLD might be saved (John 3:16-17). Amen!
God didn’t send Jesus to condemn us but to save us! What an amazing merciful God! Thank You, Jesus, for all you have done for me and for the world!